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The Keeper of Happy Endings door Barbara…
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The Keeper of Happy Endings (editie 2021)

door Barbara Davis (Auteur)

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Titel:The Keeper of Happy Endings
Auteurs:Barbara Davis (Auteur)
Info:Lake Union Publishing (2021), 415 pages
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The Keeper of Happy Endings door Barbara Davis

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Faith is the essential ingredient.”

I had complete faith that this book was going to be my salvation on an unexpected day off. After putting away the vacuum and duster I got lost in this story which encompasses over 40 years of love, tragedy, loss, spell weavers and echoes. I loved everything about this story, the people, the places, the emotions, dialog and characterizations, ups and downs, highs and lows, misses, losses and connections. This is a wonderful story about women who have their lives chosen for them and how they emerge from the sadness and scars. ( )
  kimkimkim | Oct 21, 2021 |
This one really was a heartfelt read! I love the dual story time lines and the author did a great job with the two main characters. Soline has become somewhat of a recluse after a disastrous fire in her bridal boutique. She has come to terms with most things in life, and is just living her life out quietly and alone. Rory is struggling with her fiancé missing and feeling guilty for continuing to live life. How can she just move forward when it seems he is stuck in time, and everyone keeps telling her she cannot live in the past. Trying to put one foot in front of the other, Rory comes across an old abandoned building and it calls to her. She can feel it’s energy and already imagine the art gallery she’s always wanted to open. But why this place?

Soline has been made an offer on her building, and has no idea what that person is thinking. The whole place will almost have to be gutted and who would want that old, half burned place anyways? But as Rory won’t take no for an answer and Soline is being forced to come out of her reclusiveness, the two start to form a friendship and Soline realizes that Rory is living a life not so different from one she once had.

This novel is SO good! It has the historical fiction, dual storyline, WWII, romance, lessons that can be learned from the past and secrets that had long stayed hidden. Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours for the invite, and to the author for the free book- this one will be staying on my shelf with the other historical fiction! ( )
  Chelz286 | Oct 16, 2021 |
Two women - Soline and Rory - one that owned a bridal salon who made magical wedding gowns that guaranteed happy endings and one who was starting an art gallery.

How were they connected? Both had similar heartaches, and the art gallery Rory bought was the one Soline owned.

How did they find each other since Soline was a recluse after her salon had caught fire?

A box containing a wedding dress, letters from customers, and mementos from a lover connected them and created a marvelous friendship.

We follow both women through their sorrows and their successes - one whose sorrows started during WWII and the other present day.

Ms. Davis has outdone herself with this book…historical fiction, love, heartaches, forgiveness, secrets kept for years, but most of all hope in all of it.

A beautiful, beautiful read. I know you will love it too. 5/5

This book was given to me by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  SilversReviews | Oct 1, 2021 |
This beautifully written book by Barbara Davis is one of my favorite World War II novels. The two main characters were so believable that I felt their pain and happiness. The plot was paced well and the story made me miss some sleep at night to find out how it ended.

This novel takes place in two time periods - World War II and 1976 in Boston. The main characters are Soline during World War II in Paris and Rory and Soline in Boston, 1976. The chapters skip back and forth between timelines and characters but it was no problem to keep up with.

Soline is a wedding dress seamstress in Paris. Her mother and grandmother had the power to predict happy marriages and people in Paris said that the only way to be guaranteed a happy marriage was to have them make your dress. With the war going on, Soline wanted to find somewhere to volunteer her time to help the war effort. At the American hospital, she meets an ambulance driver from Boston who is volunteering his time to help. They fall in love and when she flees Paris, he tells her to go to his family home in Boston. His father is extremely cruel and believed that she was only involved with his son because of his money. When she leaves his home, she settles in Boston and starts making dresses again until her shop is burned down.

Rory always wanted to open an art gallery and when she sees the burnt bridal shop, she just knows that is where the gallery should be. She's also an artist who has been discouraged by her mother and given up on her artistic endeavors. She is still grieving her boyfriend who has disappeared from a hospital where he was working with Doctors without Borders. As she begins to repair the building, she finds a wedding dress and letters and knows that she needs to find Soline to return them to her. By this time in her life, Soline has become a recluse but Rory finally tracks her down. Both women have tremendous sadness in their lives over the loss of the person they loved and feel that their lives will never be happy again. They are both stronger than they think and their friendship makes them even stronger and helps handle some sad and also some happy events.

Barbara Davis's new book is beautifully written and well researched. It's a story of love and friendship and hope brought about by second chances

I was given an advance copy of this book. ( )
  susan0316 | Sep 15, 2021 |
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